Thomas Byers of Shelby contacted WCNC NewsChannel 36 in Charlotte, claiming he videotaped a 7-foot-tall, 300-pound, six-toed Bigfoot, from a distance of 15 to 20 feet away, walking across a local road in Rutherford County on Tuesday evening.
"It ran across the road and into the woods right in front of us, and I was able to film it," Byers e-mailed the news station. "In the short video you can hear it snarl or growl at me."
According to Byers' account of the incident, he and a friend, Carolyn Wright, "were driving down Golden Valley Road ... just off Highway 226 when we both observed a large, upright, brown furry animal between 6 and 7 feet tall come up out of the field beside the road.
"Carolyn stopped the truck and I jumped from the truck with a small video camera and started shooting a video of the Bigfoot as it ran across the road in front of the truck and into the thick woods and roadside brush.
"It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen, and though I did not get it in the woods on video, I watched it run up the side of a small mountain, crashing through the brush as it ran," Byers said.
Byers added that, as he filmed whatever it was, "it turned its head towards me and snarled or growled at me as it ran across the road."
He also recalls the "animal" smelling "like a cross between roadkill and a skunk."
As you can imagine, many comments -- pro and con -- on this story are piling up on the Internet, including this one, which echoes a lot of the viral sentiment:
"What a load of s*** ... some guy running across the road in a gorilla suit ... that would be why it is blurry ... why are all videos and photos of Bigfoot blurry? Oh, let me have a stab at it: CAUSE THEY ARE ALL FAKE!! I don't believe that we as humans have seen all there is to see in this world, but when you show me a video that is in focus and does not appear to be some gorilla-suited weirdo, then I will believe someone captured Bigfoot on film."
This is not the first Bigfoot story to come out of North Carolina. In the 1970s, a creature dubbed "Knobby" was spotted by several eyewitnesses.
Last summer, Tim Peeler claimed he chased a 10-foot-tall, blond-haired Bigfoot off his mountaintop property. He said he got close enough to the intruder to poke it with a stick.
A local respected Bigfoot hunter, Mike Greene of Salisbury, looked at the Byers video and told NewsChannel 36 a real Bigfoot creature would have had only five toes, with a different walking stride.
"It's a mincing walk, like someone who can't see out of the suit," said Greene, who believes the Byers video is a fake.
We'll have to wait a little longer to learn the results of a frame-by-frame analysis of the video that will undoubtedly be conducted by the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.
Read more at NewsChannel 36.
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